Days out in Devon and the South West

Grey Willow Yurts is perfectly situated for plenty of days out in the South West. Whether you’re seeking an adventure at Go-Ape, a fun day out at AutoSpeed, a horse riding trek in the Blackdown hills or discovering the history of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Devon has something to offer everyone.

Small and friendly riding school, approved by the British Horse Societ. Suitable for all ages from 4+ and abilities. Offering small group lessons or one-to-one private tuition from fully qualified and experienced instructors. Hacking also available around some local routes. Access to bridal ways, woods and the quiet country lanes, a great way to unwind. at Sheldon Riding Centre

Short oval motor racing is a fun day out for all. Race meetings usually consist of between 12 and 15 races. The stadium is only a short walk from Grey Willow Yurts.

Wildwood Escot has a great deal of outdoor fun to offer! Beautiful woodlands walk, a huge maze and interesting animals of wolves, lynx and wildcats, red squirrels and birds of prey to veiw.  If that wasn’t enough let the kids (and the big kids) explore the indoor soft play, outdoor adventure play, a 40M Zip Line, and a terrifying Tree-Top-Drop-Slide. 

Axe Valley Wildlife park is a lovely small zoo, that welcomes small children and adults alike.
They house some unusual animals that are rare to see in many zoo, such as Serval Cats the a great gang of Lemurs! 

All the enclosures have excellent views of the animals, and there’s lots of small playparks to keep small children entertained. Well worth a visit!


From rides to adventure zones while also getting nose to nose with nature and animals, Crealy Adventure Park has something for all the family.

For the the more adventurist type, head to Haldon hill for GO APE! A high-wire forest adventure. They have built giant obstacle courses up in the trees using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire, and top it all off with the country’s best zip lines for you to enjoy! 

Haldon Forest Park has a range of walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities from the novice to the dare devils, as well as a cycle skills area, play park and a great cafe.  

The Fleet Air Arm Museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy. With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30,000 artefacts the Museum is the world’s second largest naval aviation Museum.

he Haynes Motor Museum holds over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50’s and 60’s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220, everything a car enthusiast could want.

For families, garden lovers and model railway enthusiasts alike, there is something for everyone to make your day out really special.

Share the excitement of the discoveries made by local fossil hunters, geologists and evolutionary-thinkers as they uncovered the stories of life on Earth all the way back to the Jurassic World, 200 million years ago.

The superbly landscaped park combines 18th century tranquility with modern amenities to provide all year round enjoyment for everyone of all ages. Historic glasshouses, a countryside museum, the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes, restaurant and shop.

Paignton zoo has over 2500 animals to see, thankfully they have a jungle express train for little legs to get close to the animals. It’s an excellent wildlife park that has a wide range of animals to discover from the savannah all the way to the tropical rainforest.  Giraffe feeding Paignton Zoo

Home of ‘We Bought a Zoo’ film. Join Ben, his family and the rest of his team at Dartmoor zoo and get up close to the animals they have on display. A small zoo, that’s easy to get around and viewing s excellent. The feeding of the Tigers and Cheetahs is incredible to watch up close. Hayley the bear at Dartmoor Zoo

We have a wealth of National Trust properties, gardens and walks within driving distance for you to explore.